NSCS No. 51 Las Vegas Race Preview

HScott Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview
Justin Allgaier
No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Kobalt 400 | March 8, 2015

City of Lights…The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) heads west for the first time this season. Justin Allgaier will compete for the second time in his NSCS career this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). LVMS is the second mile-and-a-half race this season for the NSCS. Allgaier looks to improve on last year’s 31st-place finish in the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy. He also has five starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at LVMS, with one top-five and four top-10 finishes, along with five laps led.

See Justin…On Sunday, March 8 from 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. PST, Allgaier will appear for a Q&A at the LVMS Clubhouse 2 Fan Suite.

Atlanta Race Recap…Allgaier made his second NSCS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday. A change in the Series schedule moved the race from a usually very warm Labor Day weekend, to a very cold March date at the 1.54-mile track located in the Atlanta suburbs. Allgaier qualified the No. 51 BRANDT Chevy 16th for the Folds of Honor 500. After a short delay due to rain, Allgaier completed the day with a 20th-place finish in the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports.

Justin Allgaier on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

“Las Vegas [Motor Speedway] is a fun track to race at because it has multiple grooves and is extremely fast. It’s not the smoothest track we go to, but it does have a lot of grip so you can carry a lot of speed through the corners. You have to put a lot of emphasis on car control to make sure the car stays underneath of you at all times because of the high speeds. Passing there is a challenge because of the high speeds, but if you can get the car really dialed in, that gives you the ability to move around. Typically, Las Vegas comes down to a fuel mileage race. Luckily, I’m not the guy who has to calculate all of that information. I leave all of that up to my crew chief, Steve Addington and the engineers. There’s a little bit that I can do inside the car to help us out with fuel mileage, but ultimately the call if we have enough fuel to make it to the end comes from the pit box.”

Crew Chief Steve Addington on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

“Justin improved a lot at last weekend’s mile-and-a-half track, and this weekend will be his second time at Las Vegas [Motor Speedway] in the Sprint Cup Series. We learned a lot at the test last week, so we will really be able to build on that this weekend. We just need to carry the momentum from last weekend to this weekend. Justin’s confidence is up and that does a lot for not only him, but also everybody at HScott Motorsports.”

About Competition Director and Crew Chief Steve Addington:

Spartanburg, S.C. native Steve Addington joined HScott Motorsports in January 2014 as competition director and crew chief for the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS. Steve comes to the team from Stewart-Haas Racing, where he spent the past two seasons as crew chief on the No. 14 team and earned four wins with Tony Stewart. Addington also served as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief at Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing, racking up a total of 20 wins in the series. Addington began his career working on dirt cars and is a former Xfinity Series crew chief. Addington resides in China Grove, N.C. with his wife Katie and has three children.

No. 51 BRANDT Team Members:

Crew Chief: Steve AddingtonCar Chief: Pierre KeuttelEngineer: Dave Winston
Engineer: Jonathan BowenShock Specialist: Tim LambertTire Specialist: Kyle Louchart
Interior Specialist:Jamie EdwardsMechanic: Ronnie GriffinMechanic: Mark O’Donnell
Engine Tuner: Billy Fraser
Truck Driver: Mike ClemenstonTruck Driver: Damon Lopez

About BRANDT: A leading agricultural company, BRANDT consists of three divisions-Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support-serving growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for maximum return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply. For more information, visit BRANDT on the web at: www.brandt.co.

About HScott Motorsports: HScott Motorsports, which was established in 1989 as Phoenix Racing, is owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.  The team competes full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Justin Allgaier driving the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet and Michael Annett driving the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Scott also owns HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi, which fields the No. 42 Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and is the co-owner of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which fields five entries in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. His vision is to build a championship contender by developing talented young drivers, partnering with dedicated sponsors and competing hard every week. For more information, visit HScott Motorsports on the web at: www.hscottmotorsports.com.

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